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Caring for our Carers. Announcing Woolly Hugs' Christmas Craft Sale Fundraiser for 2015.

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 19:32:23

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We are really pleased to be announcing our Woolly Hugs' Christmas fundraiser for 2015. We hope that you will be able to help us in some way.

Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. All over the UK, fabulous carers work tirelessly, holding their families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of their lives. This can be very hard, physically and emotionally, and has a considerable effect on the carer, whatever age they may be. They are often unsung heroes, and yet what they do is utterly amazing. Stars, all of them.

This year we are hoping to do something a bit different, we would love to be able to support two brilliant charities - CarersUK and the Honeypot Children’s Charity for young carers.

CarersUK understand the pressures on families, they know how being a carer can be exhausting, worrying and isolating, and how people can be stretched to the limit, juggling families and work to support a loved one who may be older, disabled or seriously ill. CarersUK are there day and night to make life better for the carer, they listen, offer expert and tailored advice and are a very welcoming, supportive community. It is very reassuring for those they help to know that they are not alone.

The Honeypot Children’s Charity offers respite breaks and outreach support to young carers, children who have to give support to someone they love, this may be emotional support, or more physical care with medication, household chores, or help with personal care. Young carers often have to cope with adult pressures and they can have an unbelievably tough time. Being a young carer can impact on a child’s education, and often leaves no time for making friends or socialising with their peers. The Honeypot Children’s Charity offers great support and helps children enjoy being children away from stressful responsibilities they face at home. Young carers enjoy a rare opportunity to play freely in a therapeutic environment, and have great fun with others going through similar difficulties..

We want to help them both, we hope you will join us. Here’s how.

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We are aiming to make and sell small/lightweight Christmas craft items, and to keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a large envelope. Some suggestions for you, but we are very open to others too...

star Stocking fillers, although obviously Father Christmas is REAL, this is just to help.
star Christmas tree decorations, bunting, garlands.
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star Small gifts - Little bags, gloves, purses, brooches, hair accessories, key rings, gift bags, tags, lovely lovely things!

Woolly, fabric, embroidered, all crafty crafts welcome.
Items from last year can be seen in our Christmas albums on our Facebook page, Woolly Hugs.

star star star Last posting for crafts to be Saturday 14th November please. But do post earlier if you are able to, we are ready, so any time! Please PM for the posting information.

If you would like to contribute funds to help others craft we would love to hear from you. Our Paypal is

star star star The Event itself…
Our Christmas Craft sale will take place ONLINE between the evening of Thursday 26th November and run through to Sunday 29th November, tbc. It will be organised through an Event page linked to our Woolly Hugs' Facebook page, as we have done before. In addition we will be auctioning a range of items through our website which will help folk not on Facebook, or those who prefer to take part in this way.

Huge thanks once again.

Pistey and Knotty xx
Woolly Hugs on FB
@Woolly_Hugs on Twitter

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KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 19:38:55

May we be the first...

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MollyAir Fri 02-Oct-15 19:39:31

AIBU to still be knitting my one small square for Syrian refugees? blush I can't wait to buy other people's lovely creations!

KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 19:46:33


Such a lot of woolly wool, we know, we are truly grateful for everything!


KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 19:48:11

Molly, YANBU grin

KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 19:59:10

Can I be FC this year?

KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 20:03:51

although, am fancying that scarf I'll not deny...

SpiralArchitect Fri 02-Oct-15 20:12:06

I've already hooked a couple of little purple and sparkly silver bags.
<polishes halo>

I will post them with my squares and hats for the refugee project (why did nobody tell me how easy it is to crochet hats????)

RL keeps interfering in my quest to do the 20 minute walk to the post office but I am aiming for next week sometime!

KnottyAndPistey Fri 02-Oct-15 20:52:37

Thank you, my lovely star

KnottyAndPistey Sat 03-Oct-15 07:57:28

Morning brew

[elf] [reindeer]

KnottyAndPistey Mon 05-Oct-15 14:36:48

[sloe gin]

PeaceOfWildThings Tue 06-Oct-15 11:21:17

Marking place!

KnottyAndPistey Tue 06-Oct-15 15:18:53

Our event page is ready if anyone would like to join us, or share it with their friends

here hopefully!!

thanks star

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Mon 12-Oct-15 09:38:29

Would any of my taggy bkankets be useful for this auction ? I can give you a bunch if you want

PeaceOfWildThings Tue 13-Oct-15 20:28:12

Oooh, yes please Zing! d be up for biddi g for one or two of your taggy blankets! Or three, or four, or...

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Tue 13-Oct-15 22:58:25

Peace aawww smile

I shall post a photo of what I have, you can choose some you really like and I make sure Pistey takes them. Ok?

PeaceOfWildThings Tue 13-Oct-15 23:04:46

Yay! Thank you, lovely! You are a star!

PeaceOfWildThings Wed 14-Oct-15 08:35:41

I've just though, Zing, I Have loads of cotton patchwork fabric I'm not using. If I were to send some your way, could you make use of it?

PeaceOfWildThings Wed 14-Oct-15 08:36:43

(I don't mean for the taggy blankets for the auction, just anything. Better than going to waste here.)

KnottyAndPistey Wed 14-Oct-15 10:01:26

Morning chums brew

KnottyAndPistey Wed 14-Oct-15 10:02:09

Thank you so much Zing and that is kind Peace thank you thanks

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Fri 16-Oct-15 13:09:05

Peace that is a kind offer and I know another MNer, lucysmam ( or is it lucysmam1 ?) who is looking for scrap fabrics to make Billie Blankets (IIRC) and will be happy to receive some!
You can definitely find her in sewing & cake relared crafts threads, she posts often & starts threads too.
If you can't find her let me know, I'll dig out her phone number and will give her a call.
Is that ok?

I'm going up in the loft tomorrow, will post photo then of "Taggy Hugs" ;-)

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Fri 16-Oct-15 13:09:48

Forgot to say thank you! flowers

ZingDramaQueenOfSheeba Fri 16-Oct-15 13:14:27

I PMed lucysmam to find you Peace

I feel like I'm sending you two on a blind date! <giggles>

PeaceOfWildThings Fri 16-Oct-15 13:54:13

Heehee! Sounds great! Just pm me an address if you want me to send you some fabric. I'll have a sort out soon. Need the space for yarn now! shockgrinwine

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